After an unlikely and inspirational 2016 AFL Premiership victory, the Western Bulldogs have fallen back into old habits.
With a significant portion of their flag-winning side now either retired or playing elsewhere, there are big questions over whether the Dogs can climb back into finals contention in the near future.
What does the season ahead hold for the 2016 premiers? Let’s take a look at the latest AFL odds and futures markets for the upcoming season.
About the Western Bulldogs
|Home ground:||Etihad Stadium|
|Premierships:||2 – 1954, 2016|
|2018 ladder finish:||13th|
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Updated Western Bulldogs futures betting
|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Top Four||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$34||$3||$9||M Bontempelli $31|
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After 2016, we know that you can never write the Bulldogs off.
But we’re tempted.
In 2016, the Bulldogs high-pressure, handball-happy game plan took the competition by storm. An exciting young group was complemented perfectly by grizzled veterans and a perfect finals run culminated in the club’s first premiership in 62 years.
The football world thought the Dogs were on the road to a dynasty – but the pups enjoyed themselves too much and 2017 was a let-down.
At $23 at Sportsbet.com.au, the Dogs have value. Their very best is capable of a premiership and it’s a tough season to highlight a clear front runner.
- At $1.90 to make the finals, the Dogs provide some serious value.
Surely, the premiership hangover and injuries that plagued them in 2017 won’t drag on for a second year. If the Dogs remain fit and get the natural improvement you’d expect out of their young stars, finals will be almost a lock. Include the $1.90 in your multis.
- The man the Bulldogs will pin their hopes on this year is Marcus Bontempelli. The Bont has been a revelation in the first four seasons of his career, winning the Rising Star, being a key player in a premiership season and already contending for the Brownlow Medal. If the Bulldogs win more than 12 games, the $12 for Bontempelli to win the Brownlow is going to start looking like an absolute gift. The Dogs star will start in the midfield, float forward and create havoc – the same recipe that saw Dustin Martin win the medal last season.
- While the Dogs have a young and exciting list, there’s no one we can seriously recommend for the 2018 Rising Star Award.
The shortest in the market is young key defender Aaron Naughton, who is yet to play a game. While it’s not impossible for key defenders to win this award, Naughton would need to break into the team early, play out the entire season and beat some of the game’s best forwards to attract attention – all of which we find unlikely.
Don’t include any Bulldogs in your Coleman Medal betting this year. It’s just not happening.
Luke Beveridge has always leaned towards a forward line that spreads the goal-kicking load and 2018 will be no different. Big forward/ruck Tom Boyd is the shortest in the market at $101, but we don’t expect him to play enough out of the goal square to warrant a bet.
Western Bulldogs 2019 AFL fixture
|1||Sydney Swans||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, March 23||7:25pm AEDT|
|2||Hawthorn Hawks||MCG||Sunday, March 31||3:20pm AEDT|
|3||Gold Coast Suns||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, April 7||2:20pm AEST|
|4||Collingwood Magpies||MCG||Friday, April 12||7:50pm AEST|
|5||Carlton Blues||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, April 21||1:10pm AEST|
|6||Fremantle Dockers||Optus Stadium||Saturday, April 27||6:10pm AWST|
|7||Richmond Tigers||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, May 4||7:25pm AEST|
|8||Brisbane Lions||Mars Stadium||Saturday, May 11||1:45pm AEST|
|9||Geelong Cats||GMHBA Stadium||Saturday, May 18||4:35pm AEST|
|10||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, May 25||2:10pm AEST|
|11||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||Sunday, June 2||3:20pm AWST|
|13||Carlton Blues||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, June 15||7:25pm AEST|
|14||Collingwood Magpies||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, June 23||3:20pm AEST|
|15||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, June 29||7:10pm ACST|
|16||Geelong Cats||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, July 6||7:25pm AEST|
|17||Melbourne Demons||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, July 14||3:20pm AEST|
|18||St Kilda Saints||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, July 21||4:40pm AEST|
|19||Fremantle Dockers||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, July 28||1:10pm AEST|
|20||Brisbane Lions||The Gabba||Sunday, August 4||4:40pm AEST|
|21||Essendon Bombers||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, August 10||7:25pm AEST|
|22||GWS Giants||Sydney Showground||Sunday, August 18||3:20pm AEST|
|23||Adelaide Crows||Mars Stadium||TBA||TBA|
Western Bulldogs 2018 playing list
|No||Player Name||Ht||Wt||DoB||Debut||Recruited From||2017||Career||2017||Career|
|1||Matthew Suckling||187||85||25.07.88||Rd 1,2009||East Wagga-Kooringal (NSW)/Wagga Tigers (NSW)/Hawthorn||22||141||9||67|
|2||Lewis Young||197||96||20.12.98||Mitcham (SA)/Sturt (SANFL)||7||7||0||0|
|3||Mitch Wallis||186||85||24.10.92||Rd 5,2011||St Bernard's (Vic)/Calder U18||12||105||7||48|
|4||Marcus Bontempelli||193||93||24.11.95||Rd 5,2014||Eltham (Vic)/Northern U18||22||85||20||78|
|5||Josh Dunkley||190||88||09.01.97||Rd 1,2016||Sale (Vic)/Gippsland U18||7||24||5||14|
|6||Luke Dahlhaus||179||77||21.08.92||Rd 12,2011||Leopold (Vic)/Geelong U18||22||137||13||108|
|7||Lachie Hunter||183||82||13.12.94||Rd 13,2013||Williamstown Juniors (Vic)/St Kevin's College (Vic)/Western U18||22||84||18||44|
|8||Jackson Trengove||197||97||02.11.90||Rd 1,2010||Strathmore (Vic)/PEGS (Vic)/Calder U18/Port Adelaide||19||153||17||30|
|9||Hayden Crozier||185||79||24.12.93||Rd 10,2012||Rowville (Vic)/Eastern U18/Fremantle||19||69||13||44|
|10||Easton Wood||187||86||04.09.89||Rd 19,2009||Camperdown (Vic)/Geelong Grammar (Vic)||18||125||3||18|
|11||Jack Macrae||191||85||03.08.94||Rd 4,2013||Kew Rovers (Vic)/Carey Grammar (Vic)/Oakleigh U18||22||99||2||21|
|12||Zaine Cordy||193||90||27.10.96||Rd 22,2015||Ocean Grove (Vic)/Geelong College (Vic)/Geelong U18||19||30||0||8|
|13||Josh Schache||199||94||21.08.97||Rd 1,2016||Seymour (Vic)/Murray U18/Brisbane||10||27||9||25|
|14||Clay Smith||182||85||11.05.93||Rd 1,2012||Lucknow (Vic)/Gippsland U18||8||55||8||43|
|15||Tom Campbell||200||106||02.11.91||Rd 13,2012||Wesley College (Vic)/Sandringham U18/Old Scotch (Vic)/Bendigo Bombers (VFL)||7||42||2||23|
|16||Toby McLean||180||79||31.01.96||Rd 10,2015||Narre Warren (Vic)/Oakleigh U18||19||38||13||29|
|17||Tom Boyd||200||103||22.08.95||Rd 5,2014||Norwood (Vic)/Eastern U18/GWS Giants||11||49||7||44|
|18||Fletcher Roberts||196||92||03.06.93||Rd 20,2012||Murrumbeena (Vic)/Melbourne Grammar (Vic)/Sandringham U18||10||47||0||0|
|19||Lukas Webb||187||84||04.03.96||Rd 3,2015||Lakes Entrance (Vic)/Caulfield Grammar (Vic)/Gippsland U18||4||19||5||6|
|20||Ed Richards||185||79||03.07.99||Hawthorn Citizens (Vic)/Carey Grammar (Vic)/Oakleigh U18||–||0||–||0|
|21||Tom Liberatore||183||83||16.05.92||Rd 1,2011||St Bernard's (Vic)/Calder U18||18||116||7||39|
|22||Mitch Honeychurch||175||70||02.03.95||Rd 15,2014||Vermont (Vic)/Eastern U18||6||22||1||12|
|23||Jordan Roughead||200||100||03.11.90||Rd 5,2010||Lake Wendouree (Vic)/North Ballarat U18||13||126||4||28|
|24||Shane Biggs||187||84||05.08.91||Rd 23,2013||East Ringwood (Vic)/Bendigo Bombers (VFL)/Sydney||16||58||0||7|
|25||Marcus Adams||192||98||30.06.93||Rd 1,2016||Upper Swan (WA)/West Perth (WAFL)||10||21||4||4|
|26||Billy Gowers||187||88||10.06.96||Kew (Vic)/Xavier College (Vic)/Oakleigh U18/Carlton Rookies/Footscray (VFL)||–||0||–||0|
|27||Patrick Lipinski||187||84||17.07.98||Eltham (Vic)/Northern U18||1||1||0||0|
|28||Callum Porter||182||76||22.02.99||Officer (Vic)/Gippsland U18||–||0||–||0|
|29||Tory Dickson||184||85||26.09.87||Rd 1,2012||Beaconsfield (Vic)/Frankston (VFL)/Noble Park (Vic)/Bendigo Bombers (VFL)||9||88||11||149|
|30||Fergus Greene||187||75||20.12.97||Sandhurst (Vic)/Bendigo U18||0||0||0||0|
|31||Bailey Dale||183||82||22.07.96||Rd 7,2015||Edithvale-Aspendale (Vic)/Dandenong U18||16||30||17||26|
|32||Kieran Collins||194||100||14.12.97||Rd 9,2016||Langwarrin (Vic)/Haileybury College (Vic)/Dandenong U18||0||1||0||0|
|33||Aaron Naughton||195||89||30.11.99||Rockingham (WA)/Peel Thunder (WAFL)||–||0||–||0|
|34||Bailey Williams||187||85||10.10.97||Rd 8,2016||Brighton District & Old Scholars (SA)/Glenelg (SANFL)||12||18||0||0|
|35||Caleb Daniel||168||72||07.07.96||Rd 14,2015||Edwardstown (SA)/South Adelaide (SANFL)||20||54||5||22|
|36||Brad Lynch||187||79||11.07.97||Mandurah (WA)/Swan Districts (WAFL)||0||0||0||0|
|37||Roarke Smith||181||81||11.09.96||Rd 21,2015||Sunbury (Vic)/Calder U18||0||2||0||0|
|38||Dale Morris||190||91||29.12.82||Rd 5,2005||Doutta Stars (Vic)/Werribee (VFL)||11||241||0||3|
|39||Jason Johannisen||180||82||08.11.92||Rd 19,2012||Willetton (WA)/East Fremantle (WAFL)||20||84||10||28|
|40||Nathan Mullenger-McHugh||196||88||29.05.97||Heathmont (Vic)/Eastern U18||0||0||0||0|
|42||Liam Picken||184||81||01.08.86||Rd 2,2009||Hamilton (Vic)/North Ballarat U18/Williamstown (VFL)||22||198||24||87|
|43||Jack Redpath||194||99||13.12.90||Rd 16,2014||North Kyneton (Vic)/Kyneton (Vic)||9||34||15||56|
|44||Tim English||205||93||10.08.97||Brookton-Pingelly (WA)/South Fremantle (WAFL)||2||2||0||0|
|46||Lin Jong||188||87||04.06.93||Rd 20,2012||Mulgrave (Vic)/Oakleigh U18||12||51||1||26|
Western Bulldogs records
Most matches: Brad Johnson – 364 (1994-2010)
Most goals kicked in one match: Kelvin Templeton – 15
Most Best & Fairest awards: Scott West – 7
Most goals in a season: Kelvin Templeton – 118
Most career goals: Simon Beasley – 575
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